New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman recently visited the U.S.-Mexico border and admitted that President Donald Trump has been right all along about the crisis.
Friedman published a column earlier this week where he detailed his visit to the southern border on Tuesday.
Friedman, a hardcore leftist, admits that the “solution is a high wall,” which is what Trump has been demanding for over two years.
“The whole day left me more certain than ever that we have a real immigration crisis and that the solution is a high wall with a big gate — but a smart gate,” Friedman wrote.
During an interview Wednesday on CNN, Friedman told host Wolf Blitzer that the border needed a “high wall” to address the immigration crisis.
“Wolf, I’m as radically pro-immigration as they come. But it’s pretty clear to me that unless we can assure a significant number of Americans that we can control our border, we’re never going to have the proper immigration flow I think we need, we desire, and that we have actually a moral responsibility — given our history as a nation of immigrants, and a refuge for people fleeing persecution.”
“We have a president who actually, when you think about it, Wolf, he has the chops with his base. If he were to sit down, call Nancy Pelosi up, say, ‘We’re going up to Camp David. You bring your immigration team, I’ll bring mine. I’ll leave Stephen Miller at home, and we will actually sort out a compromise here.’ … Democrats were ready to fund more border security, but at the same time we’re going to create a legal pathway for people here, limits the number of ICE arrests and we’re going to have a rational inflow of people.”
"I'm as radically pro-immigration as they come," says NYT columnist Thomas Friedman. "But it is pretty clear to me that unless we can assure a significant number of Americans that we can control our border, we're never going to have the proper immigration flow I think we need." pic.twitter.com/Dk5jCgxMaS
— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) April 24, 2019
With several migrant caravans crashing into the U.S.-Mexico border in the past month, President Donald Trump is also taking action.
Last week, Trump ordered the Department of Defense to send thousands of additional American troops to the southern border over the next two months to help assist border patrol with the migrant crisis.
Defense Department officials reportedly said the White House wants 9,000 to 10,000 more U.S. forces heading to the border over the next few months.
The fragmentary order, or FRAGO, is a collection of documents used by U.S. military planners that add new plans to an existing mission or when there is a change from a previous order.
It was also reported last week that Trump is considering releasing detained migrants into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities.
Adding more humor to the entire thing, the White House wants to several of the migrants to be released into Democratic-controlled sanctuary cities — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Francisco, California.
Last month, Customs and Border Patrol as well as the Department of Homeland Security have been experiencing an unprecedented wave in migration from Central America.